Thoughts on a Friday

A cross atop a chapel in a poor urban neighborhood

We have gotten so used to the ultimate Christian fact — Jesus, naked, stripped, and crucified — that we no longer see it for what it actually is: an injunction to strip ourselves of earthly cares and world wisdom, all desire for human praise, greediness for any kind of comfort, spiritual consolations included; a summons to be stripped of those fine pretenses by which we manage to build up a fine picture of ourselves for the admiration of our friends…  Even the last rag we cling to — the self-flattery that suggests that we are being rather humble when we disclaim any resemblance to Jesus Christ — even that rag has to go when we are face-to-face with the crucified Son of Man.

Brennan Manning in Reflections for Ragamuffins

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